Nugent-Hopkins' OT goal leads Oilers past Pens 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 1:23 am •  Published: January 11, 2014

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers didn't follow the script, at least the way the standings suggested they should have.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers came from behind to stun the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Friday night.

The Oilers, last in the Western Conference, tied it late in regulation and had a power play to start the overtime session. Jordan Eberle made a perfect pass to Nugent-Hopkins, who snapped the puck into a wide-open net 1:01 into extra time.

Taylor Hall and Anton Belov also scored for the Oilers, who won for just the fourth time in 15 games.

"That shows a lot of character for us, and just to show we can play this way, it was a big game for us," said Nugent-Hopkins, whose team trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes. "There was no real deflation in the second intermission. When we get into trouble, we kind of deflate and don't bring that same effort and I thought we did a good job of not getting down on ourselves and we pushed back and we did a great job of sticking with it."

James Neal, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins, who had their three-game win streak halted. It was just Pittsburgh's third loss in 15 games.

"We just didn't match their desperation," Crosby said. "Being up by two goals, obviously we need to find a way to close that game out. We knew they were going to come out hard for the third and we still let them get even, then we took the lead and lost it again.

"You don't deserve to win games when you do that."

Trailing 2-0, Edmonton got on the scoreboard 53 seconds into the third period on an abbreviated power play as Eberle spotted Nugent-Hopkins creeping in from the point and the 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick made a perfect shot to beat Jeff Zatkoff.

The Oilers tied it with just under 10 minutes remaining as they got an odd-man rush on a Pittsburgh line change. A shot from Nugent-Hopkins deflected to Hall in the crease, where he was able to hook it in for his 17th of the season.

Pittsburgh jumped back in front on a 4-on-3 advantage with just under eight minutes left as Crosby won a faceoff and Letang caught Devan Dubnyk going the other way on a shot from the top of the circle to make it 3-2.